Collisions, injury, equipment breakage . . . but 4 races and a valid championship on day two of the 2014 Azores Formula Windsurfing World Championship now on at the Praia da Vitoria, Ilha Terceira.[more]

Racing in the harbour, the course had a start mid way between windward and leeward gates. Competition began with an average 9-10 knots but by the end of the day it was anywhere between 8 and 18 knots.  These gusty and shifty S-SW winds brought testing conditions, mentally and physically, for the competitors and race crew alike.

Ross Williams, GBR-83, ended the day the clear leader and most consistent sailor with two firsts and two seconds.  Stephen Allen, AUS-0, took the bullet in race three and is second overall.  Janis Preiss LAT-23 and Casper Bouman NED-52 have equal points but Gabriel Browne is only one point behind in fifth.  Gonzalo Costa Hoevel ARG-3 had a big lead over the finish line in race four but is down in ninth overall.

This event continues until Saturday 3 May.  Windguru suggests the wind strength will increase Thursday and Friday before switching direction and becoming lighter for the last day.  This competition is wide open!

Results after 4 races

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Sean O’Brien reports from Azores

Photos by Eric Bellande

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